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One Piece: Here’s 5 Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About Roronoa Zoro

Roronoa Zoro

Roronoa Zoro is the First Mate of Monkey D. Luffy and dreams of becoming the strongest swordsman in the world.

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Let’s take a look at some of the facts about him that you didn’t know.


Roronoa Zoro is named after a real pirate

Only a few people are aware that Zoro is named after an actual pirate from history.


‘Roronoa’ is the Japanese translation of François L’Ollonais’s last name. If you didn’t know, François was one of the cruelest buccaneers to exist during the 17th century. He terrorized the Caribbean and hence earned the title of ‘Flail of the Spanish.’

Roronoa Zoro

Roronoa Zoro never calls Sanji by his name

Zoro and Vinsmoke Sanji are known for having a tense relationship. The duo was at each other’s throats even when they first met.

Moreover, Zoro has expressed his rivalry with Sanji by never addressing Black Leg by his actual name. Meanwhile, Sanji has called Zoro by his name, the Pirate Hunter is yet to return the favor.


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He is the second character to kill a dragon

Zoro is recognized for his powerful swordsmanship. He is so strong that he was able to kill a dragon.

Moreover, he is the second character in the One Piece series to slay a dragon after Wano’s legendary samurai from Shimotsuki Ryuma.


He was initially meant to be a member of Buggy’s crew

One Piece’s manga artist, Eiichiro Oda revealed in the third manga that Zoro was originally planned to be Buggy’s bodyguard. However, eventually, he decided to make him Luffy’s first mate.



Luffy wanted to recruit Roronoa Zoro before even meeting him

Luffy learned about Zoro’s reputation from his friend Coby. Furthermore, the Straw Hat pirate instantly started getting interested in him and wanted him to be a part of his crew.

Hence, Zoro is the only member Luffy wanted to recruit before even meeting him.

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